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Daring Fellow Refuses Help Down From Perch Above Walk of Fame

Saturday, February 1, 2020
HOLLYWOOD
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LAFD and LAPD responded to a man on a scaffolding with reports of him threatening to jump. The man refused help and outlasted officers and firefighters, staying up there through the night and into the next day.

At 4:30 P.M. on Friday, January 31, 2020, LAFD and LAPD responded to 6801 Hollywood Blvd for a reported jumper outside of the Dolby Theater. In preparation for the Academy Awards, workers set up equipment, including scaffolding that stretched across the block in front of the shops and the Dolby Theater. A man climbed up the scaffolding and perched himself 30 feet above the Walk of Fame, frequently moving back and forth to different parts. Witnesses reported that he was threatening to harm himself by jumping to the pavement below. 

LAFD arrived and set up aerial ladders, ground ladders, and two rescue air cushions to try and help the man. LAPD crisis negotiators used Academy Awards workers' scissor lifts to ascend and make contact with the man, trying to talk him down peacefully. After moving the rescue air cushions multiple times to adjust to the man's inconsistent locations, and repeatedly trying to assist him down for over 9 hours, a decision was made to tactically withdraw from the incident. The man was identified as having exhibited similar behavior in the past, and it became apparent that he was enjoying the attention and that ongoing Fire and Police presence was not going to improve the situation.

The man came down safely on his own at approximately 9:00 A.M. the next day (February 1, 2020), and police are assisting him in getting an evaluation by medical professionals. It is unknown if he will face any charges.

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